Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.
In the Blood combines a centuries-old mystery with a present-day thriller that brings two people from opposite sides of the Atlantic together to uncover a series of carefully hidden crimes. Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and will stop at nothing to find them.
In the Blood is the first in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series.
©2014 Steve Robinson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
In the Blood is probably better than 2 stars, but the slow start combined with the terrible narration make the audiobook a loser. The story actually gets quite good near the end. The book would be better if it were shorter and less wordy.
Simon Vance with his rich deep voice and British accent is usually an excellent narrator. The issue with his narration of this book is that he does not do dialog well. He tries unsuccessfully to give a unique voice to each character. His voice range is insufficient to pull it off for the multiple male characters in this book and his voice with female characters it is horrid.
I didn't remember ordering this, I think it may have been a pre-order or something so I had no idea what to expect. The writing in this novel was SO good. I got the whisper sync for voice so I started reading the book first, I was taken aback by the beautiful writing. Started listening (time) and the plot moved along wonderfully, plenty of action. It was a great mystery.
I had very high hopes for this book as I am a huge fan of the Dan Waddell series featuring genealogist Nigel Barnes and was looking for something similar. Maybe I set my expectations too high? The mystery itself was intriguing and had several layers which was a plus. I really enjoyed how there were scenes both in the present day and in the last. However, I had trouble connecting with Jefferson Tayte. I never really got to like him very much. I didn't hate him, but I didn't like him either. He didn't draw much emotion from me at all, except frustration several times when I thought he did some things and made some choices that weren't smart. I found myself yelling at him those times.
As far as the performance went, as much as I like Simon Vance's voice, I had a difficult time with him reading this book. His voice didn't fit right for me. I understand the choice of a British reader since the whole book (minus the very beginning) takes place in England, but it just threw me off because the main character is American and while the book is not a first person narrative, it still put me off-kilter a bit. Plus, I was not a fan of Mr. Vance's American accent. I did not like the voice he gave to Jefferson Tayte at all. His voices for all of the British characters were great but his voice for Tayte and the few other Americans were not good for me.
I switched back and forth between the audio and the kindle version and if I had to choose, I would probably lean towards the kindle version over the audio. It was worth the Whispersync price I paid but I'm glad I didn't spend a credit on it.
First, I really wanted to love this book. The book reviews (Amazon) were excellent, and with Simon Vance narrating, what could go wrong? Well....the audible reviews weren't encouraging, but there were only a few so my hopes were high. The first half of the book was only ok, it was not very engaging with a lot of details without activity. However the second half the the book was really great. Plenty of action with a number of suspects, twists and turns. If I could, I would rate the first half of the book a 3 and the second half a 4 plus.
No. It was fast-paced but the plot was propelled forward by the simple-minded idiocy of the geneologist who never sees obvious danger and duplicity. Really strains credulity.
Yes. Simon Vance has a beautiful voice and s a wonderful reader. He reads the book very well; the material is just not up to his standards.
The voice was very pleasing to the ear. Unique story development. Something I had not heard before, I'm glad I tried it and am purchasing the next one in the series. It's not a horror story or rape story it's a good old fashion mystery. I've gotten away from the more violent thrillers, they all seem the same and they started keeping me awake at night. This type of book is excellent and no nightmares.
I had only two issues with this audio book. One had to do with the content the second with the reading. The reading was actually excellent except that when edited there should have been longer gaps between changes in action/location.I found myself confused by the shift in who we were talking about.with respect to the content, I always have trouble when the protagonist chooses to go it alone rather than involve the police. It's especially frustrating when that someone is on the path to discovery, but chooses notto document what he has accomplished in the event that he is killed or something else occurs.The reader knows, obviously, that when the protagonist decides to go it alone, something will go wrong.as a reader, I just want to take that protagonist and shake him and say wake up idiot.
The characters were real, I love that JT wasn't like a Green Beret turned Genealogist. And you could see the story developing but not so obvious.
Yes, I drive for work and listened on one trip.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written and keeps you guessing. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life. I hadn't listened to any of Mr. Robinson's books before, nor heard the superb narrator, Simon Vance. I am hooked...and will start the next in this series as soon as this review is completed. Highly recommend!
pretty good listen. the narrator's American accent is awful though. otherwise it was a solid story.
I enjoyed this book. It's not mind-blowing, but it is well worth a listen and a great way to wile away the afternoon. I also really like the fact that they have used a British narrator despite the main character being American as the story isn't told from Jefferson's POV. In fact 99% of the book is set in Britain, and most of the characters are British, so I personally think it makes perfect sense to have the story narrated by a British narrator - plus it's really nice not to have to listen to the British accents and places being mangled by an American narrator, something that I have had to endure far to often as an Audible.co.uk customer.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and will probably get the next in the series.
"Great hopes disappointed"
This would do for a trans-Atlantic flight or similar
no - even if, like I am, they are fans of both whodunits AND genealogy, this book annoys more than entertains
Well - I did give the writer an format another chance with book 2 in this series, but was confirmed in my disapointment
"Detective story with a difference"
Excellent story- with an unlikely hero!! Great twist as the lead investigator is an genealogist-- you can learn a lot!!
"I JUST COULD NOT GET INTO IT"
NO NOT FOR ME SURE OTHERS WILL LIKE IT
NO NOT MY THING
IT WAS WELL WRITTEN
COULD BE YES BE GOOD MOVIE BRUCE WILLIS
Just the right mixture to keep the interest piqued. Facinating historical details, evocative descriptions of Cornwall and a detective thread based usually on genealogy.
JT swimming into the coastal cave.
Easy listening, well narrated, satisfying ending.
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